The expectation for MarQueis Gray was that he would move to wide receiver or tight end in the NFL.
The former Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback and wide receiver worked out with both position groups at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Tony Pauline talked about Gray and eight other quarterbacks from the combine in a breakdown of the top quarterbacks that worked out Sunday in a USA Today column.
"Gray was initially pegged for a position change by NFL scouts, but that opinion will be revisited after his combine performance. The strong-armed passer displayed uncanny accuracy on all his throws. Receivers were not forced to work hard to make catches; Gray placed the ball nicely their hands. Gray had a few errant tosses but delivered much more than expected during his workout. The original plan of moving Gray from quarterback to tight end may be placed on hold for a while."
Gray worked out with the quarterbacks. He posted the fourth best 40-yard dash time of the group with 4.73 seconds. He also posted a 30-inch vertical (seventh among quarterbacks), 111-inch broad jump (ninth) and ran 7.25 seconds in the three-cone drill (10th) and 4.30 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle run (tied for fourth).
Gopher football players post good track times
Junior wide receiver Devin Crawford-Tufts posted a 6.80 time in the 60-meter dash at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday in Geneva, Ohio. He also finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 35.11 seconds.
He wasn't the only member of the football team to post a good 60-meter dash time at their respective meets. Incoming freshman running back Berkley Edwards won the Michigan state indoor title with a time of 6.86 seconds.
If it happens, a race between the two would be one of the most interesting things during fall practice for the Gophers.
The Gophers offered 2014 Wisconsin offensive lineman George Panos a scholarship recently. Ryan Burns tweeted that the Hartland, Wisc. native is interested in his Gopher offer and will visit the University of Minnesota, despite currently being committed to the Wisconsin Badgers.
GopherIllustrated lists 32 recruits as having an offer from the Gophers; including Minnesotans running back Jeff Jones of Minneapolis Washburn, offensive lineman J.C. Hassenauer of Woodbury, defensive end Andrew Stelter of Owatonna and offensive lineman Frank Ragnow of Victoria.
Jones is the only current commitment to the Gophers for the 2014 recruiting class.